Transient - Hexual Ceiling [mtk174]
We're delighted to debut the fourth Monotonik release from prodigious U.S. idm veteran Transient, in the form of the 20-track 'Hexual Ceiling' album. He's previously released on multiple major netlabels such as Kikapu, Ogredung and Miasmah, as well as debuting remixes and other tracks on labels such as Darla and TBTMO, plus his own Noisy Vagabond, and this longform effort doesn't disappoint.
Anyhow, there are all kinds of highlights to the album, from the delightful drift of lead-off track 'Cloudwalk', through the intriguing, almost booty-based remix of Bay Area idm freak Mochipet, all the way through the impeccable sway of the title track.
Things finish up with 'Magical Creatures', a totally weird but smart vocal blast: 'I got no motivation... to make these magical creatures', before it's brought home with the absolutely sublime 'RPG'. He's still one of the smartest artists out there on the electronic scene, on the sly, and we still love releasing his material - long may it continue.
5 - disco donkey (transient's palmix)
15 - cute people and god (bad comfort rmx)
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17 - just so i don't have to hate it
June 20, 2008
Superb, instant favorite
It's tough to follow up such a thorough review, but more reviews and more stars means more listens and this collection is most worthy of it.
Lovely, contented\reflective beauty from top-to-bottom with enough hard aphex-esque cybernoise sprinkled in to keep me interested. Good beats, good energy. Get it, it's good.
October 30, 2006
Quality over quantity? Screw it - why not both?
The prolific Transient strikes once again - with perhaps his strongest release to date.
While a number of the tracks feel like practical jokes ("disco donkey", "just so i don't have to hate it"), the VAST majority of the tunes here are absolute gems. "cloudwalk" and "don't sweat it" kick things off with some funky looped goodness reminiscent of Falcon and other early groovemasters, leading into the superbly delicate "summer rain" without a hitch. The wild analog arpeggios of "backporch" and "cute vision" create some of the highlights of the release before bouncing into the House-y "finality" (think Vitax of Backtrack). "dubble bubble" lives up to its name, a striking blend of typical Transient and dub (with some bubbles thrown in for good measure), while "hexual ceiling" sounds like it was crafted somewhere between the future and the past. "ghouls" and "shatter" provide a bit of break-beat relief from all this beauty, but serve as no more than an introduction to the absolutely incredible "ending begin". This track alone would be worth the 20-song download - a wash of reverberated ambient layers, synth lines, and delicate IDM percussion come together to form an absolutely gorgeous piece of electronic music.
The album does not drop off in quality, however. Transient quickly goes back to the groove with "sine experiment" (the experiment seems to have been a success). The Bad Comfort remix fits in well with the rest of the works and offers a bit of welcome lo-fi for those who like their beats crunched. "magical creatures" makes one wonder why more of these tunes don't include vocals (perhaps on the upcoming full-length album?), since they complement the track's lovely textures and professional production so effortlessly. "masking interlude," perhaps the most disappointing track on the album, is so beautiful a mere 24 seconds seems not to do it justice; it's one of those songs that could be looped endlessly without causing the slightest bit of fatigue. "we don't exist" makes good on the promise of "interlude," thankfully, with an almost-as-pretty ambient soundscape, before rounding things off with the epic "rpg".
If I could figure out the secret to Transient's seemingly endless inspiration, I'd be a happy man indeed. Most impressive about "hexual ceiling" is that none of these twenty tracks seem uninspired - they are all equally fresh and well-crafted, and make an especially good introduction for those unacquainted with Transient's works. Pieces like "magical creatures," "ending begin," "cute vision," and "summer rain" give me very, very high hopes for the next release, and ensure that I'll be listening to this one for a long time to come.